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San Antonio, Texas Real Estate Blog & Market News

Venturing off the beaten path is usually a good thing in a place like San Antonio. Like any great city, it’s got its share of hidden gems and best-kept secrets that usually delight whoever finds them.

Hogwild Records Tapes & CDs

Believe it or not, some record stores still exist and even thrive, Hogwild is one of these beacons for the music fan. It’s San Antonio's premier record store. Casual yet knowledgeable; knowing yet daring. It’s easy to get lost in Hogwild’s acres of vintage records, where you’ll find everything from gospel to 70s metal. There’s also a top-notch selection of Texas music on vinyl, tape, and CD from all eras.

Ocho Lounge at Hotel Havana

Unless you’re a guest, you’ve probably never thought much of Hotel Havana. But you

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Fair Oaks Ranch 

Fair Oaks is a collection of subdivisions about 10 miles south of Boerne. It includesSetterfeld Estates, Trailside, and Front Gate. What this accomplishes is its own, self-contained small town vibe. While fair oaks has been around for about 30 years, it’s still one of the hottest neighborhoods in the San Antonio region, thanks to its proximity to the city and outdoor recreation, and to its access to the vaunted BoerneTop 5 San Anotnio subdivisions ISD. It’s also a draw for its price range. You can find homes from the mid-$250Ks to above $600,000.

Canyon Springs 

Canyon Springs is another collection of subdivisions, this time just north of the San Antonio city limits. Neighborhoods include San Miguel, The Estates, The Trails, The Reserve,

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Whether you’re app-happy or suffer from app-fatigue, there are some apps you just gotta have. The best apps are those that answer the daunting question: What do you want to do tonight?

Well, if you want some good answers on what to do in and around the San Antonio area, check out these great mobile apps:

1. Happy Hours

Ducking out of work a little early? We won’t tell your bosses, but we can’t promise they won’t find you at the same happy hour they’re going to. Happy Hours, gives an exhaustive list of food and drink specials going on in most large U.S. cities, and that definitely includes San Antonio. Click through for a photo of the bar or restaurant and get details about the menu, hours, specials, and what people have to say. Vote up your

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Not far from the hustle-and-bustle of downtown San Antonio (and yet somehow so very far removed from the city) is the San Antonio Botanical Garden, a 38-acre nature walk that will give you a whole new appreciation for just how beautiful and intricate the natural world can be.

SABOT, as those in the know know it, is a little more than your standard arboretum. It features the futuristic Lucile Halsell Conservatory, which itself features a courtyard surrounded by plants from around the world ‒‒ orchids, bromeliads, tropical rain forest plants, deserts plants of Mexico and Southern Africa, and some of the oldest living plants on Earth.

It also features the glorious Texas Native Trail, where a nice walk will give you a close encounter with the beautiful

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We know ‒‒ haunted houses and such are supposed to be a Halloween thing. But the ghosts don’t know that. They stick around all through the year, and like all good spirits of the beyond, they like to play at night.

San Antonio at night is gorgeous near the Alamo, River Walk, and missions, so maybe it’s no surprise that whoever’s haunting some of the city’s great downtown places chooses to stay around. And what better way to wave to them than to do it from a Segway tour? Beginning at the Menger Hotel, in the shadow of the Alamo (literally), you can take the San Antonio City Lights Ghost Tour by Segway, a 90-minute cruise through the attractions and find out just what kind of spooky goings-on are really going on. Plus, you get to see the Tower of Americas

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Let’s just all acknowledge that being in Texas gives one a hankerin’ for really good barbecue. Fortunately, it also gives one access to really good barbecue. In fact, it may be harder to choose which BBQ joint to pick from the bevy of low-lying fruit.

 

Well, don’t say we’re not here to help. Check out a few of these top-notch BBQ places in the San Antonio area.

Smoke Shack Barbecue

Every city in Texas claims to have the BBQ to end all BBQ. We’ll leave that much up to you, but believe us when we say that if you want the best ‘cue in San Antonio, you need to drop by the Smoke Shack food truck on Nacogdoches Road. If you don’t believe us, believe pretty much everybody else, because we’re all saying the same thing. You can’t find anything here

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Coffee. That’s usually all you have to say if you want to hear anyone say “Uh, yes, please.”

But where to get a great cup in a great atmosphere? Well, coffee joints are not just a 90s holdover, they’re still dynamite places to get in touch with your inner caffeine addict and get a mini-vacation without going too far away.


Local Coffee

In the Stone Oak section of the city sits this cozy café that may not look surprising at first glance, but which gets more comfy and familiar the more you visit. What sets Local Coffee apart from most places is the almost manic attention to crafting a really (really!) good coffee drink. They don’t use machines you can find at Target, they use what’s been called “the Rolls-Royce of coffee machines” to make every cup

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You don’t need to be a beer disciple to enjoy a good craft brew. And, if you’re ‘meh’ about beer, that attitude probably stems from the fact that you’ve never had a really great one, crafted by loving hands. Never fear, San Antonio is on the rise as a genuine craft beer Mecca. So get yourself out to one of these world-class brew pubs and try a pint of something special.

Blue Star Brewing Co.

Blue Star is the oldest brew pub in the city, and with good reason. Ever on the prowl for new and delicious beers, Blue Star changes its offerings to fit the seasons and has elevated its menu to a status far above typical bar food. It also features King William, a beer brewed from and on the waters of the San Antonio River.

Freetail Brewing Co.

‘Freetail’ is

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San Antonio’s music scene is on the rise, with many bands and performers cruising over from nearby Austin and realizing that SA is one cool city. If you’re looking for great venues for local live music, wander into one of these houses of sound.

Club Rio

San Antonio is, as anyone knows, heavy on Latin influence. Club Rio is heavy on Latin rock and pop, and is the best venue in town for catching the liveliest, driving Latin beats going. This is no venue for amateur acts, by the way. Major Latin pop acts like Julieta Venegas and Alejandra Guzmán have played here, as have funky Afro-Caribbean acts like Elvis Crespo and Oscar D'León.

Gruene Hall

Okay, so Gruene Hall is actually in New Braunfels, but is that any reason to nitpick? Of course not. A short

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No other city in Texas does the holiday season like San Antonio. A tailor-made backdrop of beautiful nature and architectural splendor lend the festivities a unique aura, from simple tree lightings to the indescribably delicious food.

Lights and Parades

            Light the Way, Nov. 22 – Jan. 6, citywide: San Antonio’s historic streets and the River Walk get a bold, bright makeover for the holidays. There are, literally, more than a million lights glimmering from Thanksgiving through New Year’s.  You’ll see something new every time you go out and look. The light show formally begins at the University of Incarnate Word campus, with the "A Cardinal Christmas" on Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m.

            Holiday Parade, Nov. 28,  7 p.m. San Antonio River:

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